Post-Grad Survival Guide: Unplug

I really, really like this segment! This has become one of the cornerstones of my blog and I’m super excited about that.

Anyway, this week is about taking breaks from your work.

My sister is a PA and sometimes she gets calls and texts from the Doctor she works with after work. That’s cool and all, except that it’s not cool.

We need to unplug. We need to take a break from our job when we’re done. That means not thinking about it on our off days, either. Don’t stress about it, and literally don’t even think about it either!

But let’s take this further.

The other day I went to the Gym without my phone. Not on my own accord, mind you, but because my phone was dead.

It ended up being the best gym experience I’ve had in a while, and I was super tired! I was practically running around the gym doing every exercise I could. I also started to notice things.

I noticed the ambiance, the weights clinking together, that one guy in the corner who was wearing a literal polo shirt, and my own thoughts bouncing around the walls of my mind. I was actually getting lost for a second.

What happens when we’re constantly with technology is that our minds never take a break. They never wander. It’s a freeing thing to unplug, to let our minds wander about for a little bit.

You will not believe how much this helps, guys. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just unplug for a little while. It will make a world of difference for you.

What do you do to unplug? Let me know in the comments section below!!


Travel Blogging: Taking The Leap

I got to speak to my Mom today about my plans to leave. I was so worried that she might think I was crazy. I mean, who wouldn’t?

I have Crohn’s, I just had a major operation last year, and I’m paying a fraction of my student loans currently. I’m a freelance writer, which means I make really crappy money, and I’m not thinking about my future by putting off getting my foot in the door of a major company that has benefits, salaried positions, and etc.

But, like she does every so often, my Mom surprised me. She was extremely supportive of my wishes. She’s never been one to shame any of my dreams anyway, but I thought with the development of my disease she might have a few concerns.

She didn’t.

What followed was an outpouring of excitement for the trip. Now I wait. Now I sit back and see if I really follow through with it.

How do you just take the leap? What makes us say goodbye to our comfort zones in search of new places and people? It is crazy, isn’t it? It’s certainly not logical.

My guess is that whatever’s out there looks so much more appealing than what’s right in front of us at home. The thought of staying in the same place all our lives scares us more than the thought of being all alone out in the middle of nowhere, travelling.

To everyone who’s chosen to live this lifestyle: You got balls.


The Story About My Resume Gaff

It was my junior year, I needed to get a job, and I was determined to find one.

I decided I would go to a job fair fifteen minutes away, and being the crazy person I am I researched the hell out of it before. I knew which companies I’d talk to, the story behind those companies, and the contacts I’d see at the event.

I wrote pages of notes.

I was so ready–until I got in my car to drive there. I got nervous, and when I got to the big auditorium I was intimidated. All these other business professionals were in their suits walking around, smiling, networking.

I started walking around the room. “Here’s the one you want, Tom,” I said in my head as I came up to the one company that caught my eye from my research. But, like the awesome networking professional that I am, I walked right past them.

I made more laps around that room than a Nascar driver, and just as the beads of sweat started to fall off my face into my eyes, I left the room.

My goodness, what was wrong with me? “They’re just people!” I thought. I guess I was just scared to get turned down.

The business world always seemed so fake to me, and it was in those moments that I realized the professional atmosphere wasn’t for me. I had gone to school to do something I was now realizing I didn’t want to do. My problem with it wasn’t the work itself–it was the idea that we act like something we’re not in the office all in the name of maintaining “professionalism.” It’s a show.

Whatever. I got back in the room, set my sites on one of the companies I liked, then introduced myself. After handing the woman my resume I saw a sour look shoot across her face. “What is it now?” I thought.

“Umm, I hate to be the one to show this to you, but you have a spelling error on here,” she said.

Literally. The. One. Thing.

I was devastated, obviously. How could I research the heck out of an event and forget to spell check my own resume? I was never one for details.

I walked directly out of the event, got in my car, and swore that I was going to start my own business one day.

Do any of you have any embarrasing professional tales? Feel free to share them below–I doubt it can get any worse than this.



Why Finn Is The Best New Star Wars Character

It’s time for a fun post. This is definitely a departure for my blog, so I hope ya’ll like it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was fantastic, and it introduced us to a lot of new characters, but none stood out to me more than Finn. I think he’s the best new Star Wars character.

What about Rey? What about Poe? What about Kylo? Oh man, they’re all fantastic characters, but none of them are better than Finn. Here’s why.



Finn’s Got Serious Pizzazz

Is that even how you spell “pizzazz?” Oh, whatever. Finn is easily the most animated EP7 character. It seems like he’s constantly witnessing a nuclear bomb going off because his eyes are always wide open and he never once throughout the film seems to catch his breath.

He’s a big ball of energy, and he lights up the screen every time we see him.


He’s Got Heart

This is one of the better reasons. He’s a stormtrooper who decides that he doesn’t want to be a mindless killing machine for the First Order anymore. He has a redeeming sense of right and wrong, and he uses that to join the Resistance later in the film.


He also goes to Starkiller base JUST to capture Rey. Can they be together at the end of it all, please? Finally, he takes up Luke’s lightsaber to defend Rey while she’s passed out and ends up becoming badly injured because of it, which leads to my next point..

He’s Got Balls

Who the heck takes on Kylo Ren without any lightsaber training? FINN DOES.

Who in their right mind would abandon post and fly an unsanctioned tie fighter out of their home star destroyer? FINN.

Who would call Han Solo, “Solo?” FINN.

I rest my case.


He’s A Force To Be Reckoned With

He is, though. He’s been trained as a stormtrooper his whole life, and managed to nick Kylo Ren with Luke’s lightsaber with no training. He also learned how to operate the guns on a tie fighter in like twenty three seconds. Boss status.


Finn, you’re my favorite new character, and you’re (John Boyega) also a riot behind the scenes as well. You are my new favorite Star Wars character, and in my opinion, you’re the best one as well.